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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas ti s ‘i-,    «    s*    f    •*>    y    igaV^*««JvWV    ’*&    ’    tt    *«%    A    s    i _ Comal County Sports New Braunfels Little LeagueSports Briefs Utah’s fans grab a piece of Finals spotlight SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The NBA Finals have allowed Utah to reveal a boisterous soul that belies its image. Outside the Delta Center, rowdy crowds were cheering the Jazz and jeering the Bulls. Cars, pickups and freight trucks paraded past for hours, blaring their horns. And on a Sunday, for heaven’s sake. “For Mormons, if they are Mormons, they were acting very unchristian out there,” Chicago coach Phil Jackson said. The meek, these fans know, do not inherit the NBA title. On Wednesday night, just a few blocks from the Mormon Tabernacle, the Utah Jazz play Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls. A victory would put the Jazz up 3-2 and send the best-of-7 series back to Chicago for Game 6 Fnday night and, maybe, Game 7 on Sunday. Utah fans certainly expect a victory. The Jazz have won 23 in a row at the noisy Delta Center, boosting their home record this season to 48-3. They are 10-0 at home in the playoffs. “It’s a time now for the whole state,” Utah’s Karl Malone said. “We’ve taken our knocks over the years. I’m from Louisiana, but I consider Utah my home now. We’ve taken a lot of bad raps. Now for the spotlight to be on us here, I think, it’s great to get rid of some of those myths you guys think about Salt Lake.” Much of the giddy enthusiasm comes from years of frustration. The Jazz were always good, but not good enough to make it to the finals. Just pulling even with the mighty Bulls 2- 2 was cause for jubilation. “It’s been a long time coming,” Malone said. “These guys have waited 12 or 13 years for something to celebrate.” When Malone rode his Harley home after Sunday night’s come-from-behind 78-73 thriller, he found a crowd around his house. “Most of them were neighbors,” he said. “I’ve been here for IO years and I didn’t even know half of them live up there.” The Bulls entei Wednesday night’s game weary but determined. “This is all new to the Jazz,” Jackson said. “We’ve been here before. This is what I call slugfest time.” Jackson, although he has earplugs to help him deal with the Delta din, insists the homeeourt advantage in NBA Finals Gams 4 — Sunday Utah 78, Chicago 73 Series tied 2-2 Gama S — Wednesday Chicago at Utah, 8 pm TV: NBC Salt Lake City is no bigger than other places the Bulls have played in the finals. “We played Phoenix when they had a great homeeourt run. We played Portland when they had a great home-court run. We played last year against Seattle when they had a great home-court run,” Jackson said. “Every team that’s been in the finals against us out West has had a great homeeourt advantage and a great homeeourt record. We overcame that; we’ll overcome this one.” The Press BOX; (Events are listed according to timeliness and as space allows)Southwest Texas Stats 707 football tournament Southwest Texas State University will offer a 707 tournament for high school age youth on Saturday. Play begins at 8 a.m. and will last through the day. For more information on the one-day passing tournament, call the Bobcat football office at (512) 245-2587.Tri-County In-Line Hockey League summer season The Tri-County In-Line Hockey League has begun its registration for the summer season. All youth ages 7 and up and adults from the tri-county area are encouraged to participate. Games are played on weekends using a Stratadome Portable In-Line Hockey Rink which is set up at OakRun School in New Braunfels. Registrations will be accepted until Saturday, and the first games start on June 21. For forms or more information, call 609-0777. Sundance Qdf Course riraffii/wunior loumsvnens Sundance Golf Course will sponsor a Parent/Junior tournament on Saturday. The tournament will begin at 1:30 p.m. and use a modified scramble format. The entry fee is $5. For more information, call the pro shop at 629-3817.^ts. Peter and Paul '^v Volleyball, soccer signups ‘ Registration for girls’ volleyball (ages 8 to 17) and boys’ and girls’ soccer (ages 4-17) will be on Sunday and June 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at the front steps of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Play will begin for both sports in early September. Volunteers are needed for coaches, team moms, concession stand workers and field maintenance. Call either Anthony Klar at 609-1694 or Daryl Pawelek at 606-4334 for more information.Guadalupe Soccer Academy Summer Camp The New Braunfels Youth Soccer Association will sponsor the Guadalupe Soccer Academy Summer Camp in June at the H-E-B Soccer Complex. Camps will be conducted from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 16-20 and 23-27. Openings are still available for the remaining weeks of camp. For more information, call (210) 732-3793 or 606-6722.New Braunfels HS Camp Volleyball 1SS7 Camp Volleyball ’97 is set for June 16-20 at New Braunfels High School. Sessions will run from 9 a m. to noon each day and are open to girls in third-through sixth-grades. For more information, call Phyllis Fowler at 905-2168.Canyon HS Strength and Conditioning Camp Canyon High School will sponsor its second annual Strength and Conditioning Camp June 16-19 at the Cougar Den. Sessions will run from 8 to 10 a m. and 10 a m. to noon each day. The camp is open to boys and girls in grades six, seven and eight who want to improve their performance in strength, speed, power and agility. Dan Burk, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and USWF Level One Olympic weightlifting coach, will lead the camp. The registration fee is $20. For more information or to register, call Burk at 625-6251 or 620-7634 PwWm Championship Thursday White Sox vs. Carinate, 7 p.m. Fredericksburg Complex Closing Csramonisatitound Breaking Saturday New fields on Loop 337,5 pmMinor League Championship Astros 14, Rockies 11Major League Championship Reds 20, Athletics 0The Heat is on The Heat recently won the New Braunfels Girls Softball Association 14 and under fast-pitch championship with a 4-3 victory against the Flames in a tiebreaker game at Comal Park. Team members are (first row, from left) Celeste Rodriguez, Katherine Valadez, (second row, from left) Cameron Yarbough, Bonnie May, Dawn Shaw, Amber Garcia, (third row, from left) Ashley Bird, Avri Gonzales, Tiffany Haines, Trixie Rosales, Tiffany Rosales, (fourth row, from left) Coach Stanley Bird, Coach Ricky Garcia. Photo submitted Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Tom Erickson about Sports Day, call 625-9144, Ext. 223. Readers can send e-mail to [email protected] Seeing red Athletics become Reds’ final victim in championshipAstros hold off Rockies, take Minor League titleLocal golf ors fare wall at Southam Taxas Jr. Classic HARLINGEN — Five local golfers participated in the Southern Texas Junior Classic last weekend. Michael Schaeffer shot rounds of 76 and 74 to place seventh and Stephanie Schaeffer fired an 88 and a 95, also finishing seventh. Michael Schaeffer had a two-round total of 150 and Stephanie Schaeffer finished with a 183. Hagan Cohle was just seven strokes behind Michael Schaeffer and finished 10th at 157. Cohle had rounds of 81 and 76. Stuart Griffin did not place but shot rounds of 86 and 82 for a total of 168. Christine Treanor also competed and was just six strokes behind Stephanie Schaeffer with a total of 189. Treanor fired rounds of 98 and 91.Van Poppa! may return to Tax**, Join Hangar* ARLINGTON (AP) — Former Texas high school phenom Todd Van Poppel might soon be pitching in the minor leagues for his hometown team. The 6-foot-5 right-hander was released by the Kansas City Royals organization on Saturday after going 1-5 with an 8.03 ERA in 11 appearances with Class AAA Omaha. Texas Rangers general manager Doug Melvin said he will talk with player development director Reid Nichols and Class AAA Oklahoma City manager Greg Biagini about Van Poppel. Van Poppel could be assigned as low as Class A, Melvin said. The Royals were the fourth organi- . zation Van Poppel has pitched for since Oakland picked made him their first-round pick in the 1990 amateur ; draft. The Rangers announced minor- I league rehabilitation assignments J Monday for second baseman Mark McLemore and pitcher Danny Patterson. McLemore, who has been on the disabled list since May 15, joined Tnple-A Oklahoma City. Patterson, disabled since May 22 with small tears in his pitching shoul- • der, was cleared Monday by team doctors to begin a rehab assignment. J By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor From staff and wire reports Good baseball teams usually win championships with pitching and defense, but the ability to score 20 runs doesn’t hurt either. The Reds did all of those things on Saturday, capping off an undefeated season with a 20-0 victory against the Athletics in the Major League City Championship game. Reds pitcher Justin Delgado showed power from both the plate and the mound, hitting a two-run homer in the fourth inning and pitching a one-hit shutout. Delgado was perfect for 2 2/3 innings and had a no-hitter until Brock Winzler led off the fourth inning with a single. He struck out 12 A’s batters and walked just two. The Reds gave Delgado plenty of runs to work with as well, scoring four in the first inning, six in the second, three in the third, four in the fourth and three in the fifth. Eleven of the 12 Reds who batted in the game reached base, and seven had at least one hit. The victory gave the Reds a 15-0 record for the season. The A’s finished with a record of 9-6. The Minor League Championship, originally scheduled for Friday night, was moved to Saturday because of the heavy rains that fell in the area. The extra day of waiting made the game between the Astros and Rockies all the better, however. After leaping out to an early lead, the Astros held on for a 14-11 victory. The Rockies put the heat on in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring four runs and putting the potential tying run at the plate before eventually losing by three. The Astros, boosted by hits by Eric Schwind, Ben Guerrero and Blake Classen, scored five runs in the fjrst inning for a quick lead, r Jtol^s^epon^ baseman Johnathan Burke led on the bottom of the first with a single and later scored to cut the lead to 5-1. But the Astros stormed back in the second. taking advantage of two walks and an error to score two more times for a 7-1 lead. Logan Theissen and Matthew Hammonds both got free passes and came around to score, but the Rockies’ defense held the Astros in check the rest of the inning, getting the third out with the bases loaded. After pitcher Justin Watt held the Rockies scoreless in the second inning, Theissen scored his second run of the game in the third after reaching on a fielders’ choice, advancing to second on an error, stealing third and scoring on a passed ball. The Rockies got their second run in the bottom of the third, but had to endure another big Astro rally in the fourth, as four more runs crossed the plate. The Rockies countered with a run in the bottom of the inning, but trailed 12-3 with two innings to play. The Astros scored two more times in the top of the fifth inning for a 14-3 lead, but the Rockies caught fire, scoring four times in the fifth to trail by seven, 14-7. After Mark Lewis led off the top of the sixth with a walk, Rockies pitcher Adam Shipley got the next three batters out for the Astros’ first scoreless inning of the game. Then the Rockies caught fire in the bottom of the sixth, plating four runs before finally being shut down with two men on and two out. The victory gave the Astros a final record of 13-4-1 and the Rockies finished with a 11-6-1 mark. Friday’s PeeWee championship game, which was also delayed by rain, has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fredericksburg Complex. The White Sox will face the Cardinals for the City Championship. Saturday’s?closing ceremonies and ground breading for the new complex has also been rescheduled for 5 p.m. this Saturday. HerakJ-Zertunq photo by Michael Darnel Rockies pitcher Joshua Jones hangs his head after the Astroe jumped out to an early lead in Saturday's Minor League championship game. The Rockies rallied late, but lost 14-11. ;